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This Swedish brand recycles fabrics, upcycles plastic PET bottles into sunglasses

By PhilSTAR L!fe Published Feb 08, 2021 5:50 am

Swedish brand Monki, which is part of the H&M Group, is dropping this month a unique spring/summer collection for 2021.

Under its Planet Power initiatives and projects, it’s launching its first circular collection and the introduction of natural dye in its denims; and its second upcycled drop.

Monki announced in a news release that its accessories collection includes a new range of recycled polyester sunglasses made from plastic PET bottles.

Monki aims to “increase its use of recycled polyester and move towards less virgin polyester in the coming years, using innovative ways to re-use and recycle waste.”

Key pieces include oversized ‘70s frames, classic cat-eye and retro rectangular styles. All recycled polyester sunglasses are labeled with Planet Power.

Monki turns plastic PET bottles into sunglasses for its spring/summer collection.

For spring/summer, its new denim collection uses natural dye extracted from the peel of pomegranate, which helps to save on food waste and reduces the number of synthetic chemicals used in the process. It also creates beautiful yellow, khaki and grey shades.

“We know that we have a strong offering when it comes to our denim collection, and we are delighted to be able to elevate that with more sustainable actions within our design process, such as natural dye and recycled materials,” says Jenny Fagerlin, Monki Sustainability and Transformation director.

Monki’s denim range is made from post-consumer waste. 

Monki’s denim range is made with a blend of organic cotton and recycled cotton, made from post-consumer waste. It uses recycled polyester thread, vegan back patch, recycled polyester zipper tape and requires low environment-impact washing.

The collection is made from leftover organic cotton denim garments, including recycled polyester thread, vegan back patch and recycled polyester zipper tape.

Leftover organic cotton denim garments are recycled and given new life.

The latest capsule features three key pieces—a pair of Yoko jeans, a classic shirt and a tote bag. All crafted in a patchwork design of mixed organic denim light washes.

Since 2016, the brand’s entire denim range has been made with 100% organic cotton. And from 2018, all Monki cotton has been sustainably sourced.